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Higher Education Digest | June 2017


Highlights from this month's Higher Education Digest include:

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

1. The first results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) were announced on 22 June. The TEF results are determined by a series of metrics in the area of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes, accompanied by a submission from each university. Overall across the sector, 26% of providers were rated Gold, 50% Silver and 24% Bronze. Amongst the 24 Russell Group Universities, the two from Scotland and one from Northern Ireland did not take part and of the remaining 21, there were 8 rated Gold, 10 rated Silver and 3 Bronze. The University of Southampton was rated Bronze.


Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) data

2. The Government has published data on longitudinal educational outcomes, which looks at the average salaries of graduate 1, 3 and 5 years after graduation, broken down by course and by HEI, as well as by gender. For the sector as a whole, findings show:

DLHE results

3. The results of the annual Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey were published on 29 June. Some of the key findings included:

4. HESA have also published details of the replacement to DLHE, now called Graduate Outcomes, which has been developed following a two year consultation. The first Graduate Outcomes survey will launch in December 2018, and will survey graduates around 15 months after graduation.

Post-Election – Queen’s Speech and Ministerial appointments

5.  Following the general election on June 8th, the Queen’s Speech did not include commitments in the Conservative Party Manifesto of relevance to universities, such as the expansion of grammar schools, the requirements for universities to sponsor schools, and a major review of tertiary education funding. There was an announcement on reforming technical education, and a recommitment to the Industrial Strategy.

6. Many of the key ministers in Higher Education have been reappointed. These include Jo Johnson as Universities and Science Minister, Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Education and Greg Clarke as Secretary of State for Business. Gordon Marsden retains the shadow HE brief for Labour.

EU27 Citizens

7. In June, the Home Office published draft plans for the rights of citizens from other EU countries (“EU27” countries) following Brexit. This is a key issue for universities given the significant number of EU27 staff and students. Key elements of the proposals include:

QS World Rankings

8.  On 8 June, the QS World University Rankings 2018 were released. The top 5 Universities in this global ranking were MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Caltech and Cambridge. The top 5 UK universities were Cambridge (5th), Oxford (6th), UCL (7th), Imperial (8th), with Kings and Edinburgh both at =23rd. The University of Southampton was =102nd, which was the 18th UK university in the list.

Student Academic Experience Report

9.  On 7 June, the Higher Education Academy and the HE Policy Institute published the results of their annual Student Academic Experience Survey.  Some of the key results include:

 OFFA – Outcomes of Access Agreements

10. On 29 June, the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) published the outcomes of access agreement monitoring for 2015-16. The report shows:

Universities UK – Survey on student attitudes

 11. Universities UK published the results of survey on student attitudes. Key results include:

Universities UK – Priorities for Brexit Negotiations

12. Universities UK published a briefing on 17 June on Brexit priorities for UK universities.  The key priorities they set out are:


Gavin Costigan

Director, Public Policy|Southampton


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